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August 21, 2013

Hair Loss Prevention

Identify the Cause

Unfortunately, the hardest thing to hear for many people is that hair loss is often genetic. That is, conditions like male pattern baldness occur because your body is programmed to be sensitive to hormones that cause hair loss. That is not to say that you cannot avoid this type of hair loss, though. In fact, even for those dealing with genetic causes, hair loss prevention is an option when hormone production inhibitors are used to fend off the battle.

In other cases, the problems are far more controllable. You may find that stress, diet, and other hormone-related health issues are the leading cause of your hair loss. Therefore, if you can identify these types of losses, you can turn things around and reduce the amount of hair loss you have. If you can identify the underlying cause of your hair loss, take steps to correct the problem.

Tips for Boosting Health to Reduce Hair Loss

Some people may find the best way to prevent hair loss is actually to eat right, exercise, and do all of those things your doctor always tells you to do. Loss prevention starts with improving hormone balance in your body. When your hormones are not working properly, they cause your body's organs and cells to work in different ways. In some cases, you can lose your hair simply because your hormones are not balanced. Food and other steps can help to balance your hormones, reducing hair loss risk. Consider these tips.

  • Improve the amount of omega 3 fatty acids you are consuming. You can get them from healthy fats as well as fish. These nutrients, especially for men, are excellent for helping to prevent hair loss. In some studies, taking omega 3 fatty acids and increasing Vitamin D led to reduced hair loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Take a Vitamin B supplement, too. You can get it from natural sources, but even if you get it from a pill, you need it. Many people have very low Vitamin B levels and that can trigger hair loss.
  • Have your iron levels checked. Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss in women, but it can occur in men as well. You'll want to improve iron levels naturally whenever possible. Eat foods such as spinach and lean proteins. Quinoa and tofu, for those who are vegetarians, can provide the iron you need.

In terms of food options, those are the best options for preventing hair loss. Yet, that does not tackle all of the underlying causes of hair loss in men and women.

Why Stress Hurts

Stress, no matter if it is physical from trauma, chemical from chemotherapy, or emotional from depression or anxiety, is a harsh factor of life. In all forms of stress, it triggers stress hormone releases into the body. These work directly opposite of the way your body works naturally.

Since most people have stress on an ongoing basis, such as from work or financial concerns, they often struggle with hormone imbalances that this causes. Those hormone imbalances directly link to hair loss for many people. Conditions like alopecia, for instance, have sometimes been linked to hair loss in both men and women. Even children can be negatively impacted by it. Reducing stress, and keeping it low, is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of hair loss.

Can you prevent all hair loss? The answer to that is likely no. However, if you take steps now to talk to your doctor, hair professional, and even your nutritionist, you may be able to reduce some of the factors that could play a role in how much hair loss you have.